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Spirited competition

Tom Furlong January 26th, 2011

Come on, Gazette; if you’re presenting a Point/Counterpoint discussion, present both sides!

Come on, Gazette; if you’re presenting a Point/Counterpoint discussion, present both sides!

Regarding the idea of selling so-called strong beer and wine in grocery stores, Roy Williams (“Point: Revise outmoded liquor laws,” Jan. 19) offered nothing of any substance in his allotted number of words. It was pure political/ambassador speak: blah, blah, blah. But being the head of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, he’s never supposed to say anything that would ruffle anyone’s feathers.

As for Bill Bishop’s treatise against selling such in grocery stores (“Counterpoint: Paying the price,” Jan. 19), he didn’t convince me. He says that to own a liquor store one must be resident of Oklahoma for 10 years. That’s not true of any other retailer, so why should it be a prerequisite to own a liquor store?

Bishop thinks grocery stores being able to sell 6-point beer and wine will put him out of business. Walmart selling groceries didn’t put Crest or Buy for Less out of business. As for the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission being able to do its job, increased sales tax will fund more agents.

Bring on the competition; the consumer will benefit and deadheads won’t.

—Tom Furlong
Oklahoma City

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01.26.2011 at 02:50 Reply

That's the best commentary I've heard on this topic yet.

On a similar note, I often wondered with Oklahoma's beer having to be low point whether it's also contributing to the obesity epidemic.  I mean, if one sets out to get drunk, then one must consume more to do so than with regular 6 point beer.  I couldn't back that up with science, but it seems sound to me.  Oklahoma City is already one of the fattest cities on record, so by forcing it's citizens to drink more just to get the same effect they could have with less really only serves to reinforce the weight problem.  Well, that and the cities' complete incompetence with regard to pedestrian walkways, and other wholesome outdoor activities.


Remind me again why I live here?